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Sublime Samana
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Las Terrenas
Certificate of Excellence
Southern New Jersey
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8 reviews
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“Great time at this supremely relaxing resort”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We spent 7 nights at Sublime Samana (January 18 to January 25). We had a great, relaxing time there. There were 6 of us (me and my wife, our 2 daughters (ages 7 and 5) and my in-laws). We stayed in the 3-BR Casita with the Rooftop Terrace (Room 1212). We could watch the sunrise up over the mountain in one direction from the Rooftop Terrace and the view the other way was out over all of the pools and ocean. Most of the rooms are not oceanfront (including ours).

The flight into Samana out of JFK on JetBlue was great (it runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays). 3 hours each way and you come right into a very nice airport that has little air traffic. The drive from the airport to the hotel was a terrific one – right through where they cut through the mountain and looking out over the ocean. It reminded us a bit of driving in Maui with the green scenery, palm trees, mountains and ocean, except this place is much more secluded.

We stayed at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana last year (huge resort; all-inclusive; tons of amenities). The Sublime Samana is basically the exact opposite of that. This was a small, luxurious, private, quiet place to stay. The weather was terrific (about 84 or 85 degrees every day) when we were there, with just a few hours of rain on just one day. The sand at the beach was soft and there was almost nothing in the ocean water (so no seaweed, no shells (except for the shells that are deposited right at the entry to the ocean)). Once you get into the ocean, there is nothing in it and the sand is incredibly soft. We really enjoyed the ocean water. My daughter loved riding one of the boogie boards that the resort provided on the ocean’s waves. The beach was great and you can walk in both directions a long way. Very private.

For kids, there is a playground. And they have boogie boards and some beach toys available to use. But there is no kids’ club and no kids’ activities to speak of.

Room: The room was great. We had 3 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. The room had a balcony off of the master bedroom, a balcony off the second bedroom, and a large balcony off the dining room and living room; plus a rooftop terrace that ran nearly the full size of the whole 3 bedroom/4 bath suite below it that we were staying in. The master bedroom was actually really great, with a little bit of the outdoors brought inside with some open air in the master bathroom (very private still). It was great. Kitchen appliances were top of the line. Washer and dryer included in the unit, too. Great indoor and outdoor space. We were very happy with the room.

Food: We thought the food was generally good to very good, but not great. The included breakfast was good and included eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, etc. We had no problems finding stuff to eat each day at breakfast. There is really only one menu, essentially, that is used for lunch and dinner at the resort for the whole week. As you can imagine, given it is a smaller resort and the menu is not endless, we did grow tired of the same choices day after day. They tried to have something special each day, but the menu definitely got tired. And our group wasn’t really interested in going out into town to dinner, after a long day playing in the pool and ocean. Introducing something off menu as a special each day would help. It would also be nice if they had a delivery service that you could order dinner out a night or two and have it delivered. Or something different just to break up the monotony. Room Service was good, too. Drinks ranged from OK to great, depending on who was making them and what you ordered.

I thought the prices for drinks and food were what I would expect for a hotel that is part of the SLH of the World collection. Not cheap, but not that expensive, either. 28% is tacked on top. The 18% Dominican tax, plus 10% service. But nothing more was expected. There wasn’t even a line for anything additional. You just sign and go (yes, we were able to sign for everything and have it charged to our room). I would recommend you bring some small bills, though, as it is not that easy to get change here.

Service: The service was very good. The hotel staff and restaurant workers were all very friendly. I’m sure we’ll forget some people, but we wanted to give a shout out to Edwin, Leonardo, Aurelio, Pedro, Ramon, Ariel, Augustine, Santo and Albert, plus Bruno (the GM) and his front desk staff. They were all great. Bruno was present around the resort every day, so it wasn’t hard to find him if you wanted something. They could have been a little more pro-active in serving us drinks when we were pool-side. But that was a minor complaint.

Other: If needed, the Wi-Fi connection at the resort was good (at least in my room). The resort was very quiet with no entertainment or nighttime activities. If you like action at night at your resort, this wouldn’t be the place for you. There is no store on-site. They do put refreshments (beer, soda and water and a bowl of fruit) in your room each day. But if you need suntan lotion or snacks or anything, you have to get a taxi (or rent a car) to drive into town. So I’d bring suntan lotion with you (though Bruno did offer to send someone to town to get us suntan lotion - we figured we might as well go ourselves and pick up some snacks).

Things to improve: Finding a way to vary the menu more in some way over the course of a week would be a big improvement. Increased options for kids’ activities would be great, too. Even something as simple as having the resort arrange for the kids to have the ability to paint coconuts or something simple like that once a day or something. A small on-site selection of snacks/refreshments, suntan lotion, etc. would be great.

Overall, we really had a great week at the resort. If you are looking for a place to kick back and relax, then I’d highly recommend the Sublime Samana.

t-scholtes@hotmail.com

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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BrunoGaudio, General Manager at Sublime Samana, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Dear Mr. Scholtes,

Thank you for choosing Sublime Samana for your recent stay in Las Terrenas. and thank you too for to share your great comments with the TripAdvisor community. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' comments before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we might improve.

Please be assured we will work on your comments regarding the things that will need to improve

Thanks again, and we hope you'll choose Sublime for your next holidays.

Un gran saludo de todo el staff!
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Oyster Bay, NY
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Just returned from a lovely four night stay to the beautiful Sublime Samana. Our three BR, three bath unit was fantastic--lovely appointments and a beautiful view from the top deck. The staff is friendly and well meaning, though English can be a bit of a problem. The beach is private and tree-lined and goes on for miles--great for loooooong walks. Food was terrific (our breakfast was included) and the beachside restaurant was perfect for lunch (dinner was good, not great).

Bottom line: Sublime Samana is fantastic. Do NOT, however, go here if you're interested in nightlife, bars, and an upbeat vibe--it is quite, romantic and relaxing. Enjoy...

Room Tip: We loved the top floor--great views of the mountains on one side and the sea on the other.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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BrunoGaudio, General Manager at Sublime Samana, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your fantastic comments. We are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your holidays with us. I will send your feedback to the staff. This is our best motivation.

Best regards!! Nos vemos pronto!
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Park7860
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

If you are looking for a cost efficient destination to getaway from all the craziness in the world, this is the place you want to be. It's perfect for families or couple looking to getaway to a quiet place. We've been to DR before, but never heard of Samana before. Samana will be a popular destination spot and you want to visit here before others hear about it. You must rent their 2bd or 3bd Casitas. Get the 2nd floor Casita and you'll have the roof access with a jacuzzi on top. Here are my notes that may help:

Pros:
- Service is Good. They are not as attentive as your higher end hotels but still good in DR standard
- Food is Good. We didn't get the all inclusive since we wanted to eat out at local restaurants. It's good for 3-4 days but anything after that, you'll want to explore since they don't change their menu. Otherwise, it's good
- Spa - MUST BOOK their spa. Their holistic massage is a must. Coconut Whisper is unique (wish they would have used warm water)

Cons:
- No nightlife. Even though we wanted a quiet relaxing place, we'd would have liked a little nightlife. Everything closes by 10pm
- Jacuzzis take long time to warm up. Sometimes, it doesn't heat up. Although it's 80+ degrees outside, their jacuzzi is cold. Call the front desk to have them set it up for you.

Helpful Notes:
- Jetblue flies here direct from JFK - NY. Wed and Sat. Best way to get to the island. If not, you'll need to fly into Santo Domingo and drive (2hrs) to the hotel.
- Check out Las Terrans town or set up an excursion to the Cayo Levantado Beach. they usually offer this as part of Whale watching (if you get sea sick like me, i wouldn't recommend it) You'll go through 5-8 feet waves... but their beach is a MUST. White sandy beach and beautiful calm water
- Luis Restaurant - Check out their local Luis restaurant. It's a nice little walk from the hotel. Cash only. Food is amazing.
- Coco Loco - Make sure to get some Coco Locos out there. Fresh Coconut with rum!

Hope this helps. Enjoy and Shhhhh keep this place quiet. It's a hidden gem!

Room Tip: 2BD or 3BD Casitas - You will not regret it. Full kitchen. Numerous decks and Jacuzzis!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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BrunoGaudio, General Manager at Sublime Samana, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind opinion about our hotel. We really appreciate your comments about the things that our guest are able to enjoy near Sublime. All of these activities are one of our greatest assets.

We are so happy that you have enjoyed your stay in with us.

We look forward to welcome you once again in Sublime Samana!!

Saludos!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

The beach is private and lined with palm trees, making for privacy and welcome shade on a beautiful beach. The vibe is so relaxed and calm. At times it feels like you are the only one there. Breakfast is complementary which is unusual because its extensive - you can get eggs, pancakes, etc. Bring bug spray - there are little bugs that bit and they itch terribly. Bring calamine too. Even with the bugs, its a terrific spot. Walk left on the beach for 15 minutes and eat lunch there - lots of fun. The rooms do not overlook the sea but in Samana Penn, I don't think they allow buildings to be built like that. The two bedroom room is large with beautiful bathrooms. Rent a car so you can drive to Las Terrenas - we did, every night for dinner, drinks, sunset. The massages are right ON the beach - also unusual and fantastic. The whole place had a very quiet feel to it - yet we felt comfortable with our 6 year old. Its not "quiet" like that, more like serene.

Room Tip: None of the rooms face the sea so all are similar. THe 3 bedroom rooms are closer to the beach. But...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Littleton
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Sublime Samana and fell in love with the Hotel, the staff, the food and the area. The staff, front desk, restaurant, maid service, taxi service, all were amazing. Karina (front desk manager) arranged for several wonderful excursions such as Zipline Samana, Tour of three Beaches, 1 dinner and town and for my husbands completion of his PADI scuba certification.
The Manager Bruno went out of his way to put together a "super bowl" menu and brought a TV into the beach restaurant. My husband was afraid he would miss the super bowl! To bad our team lost.
We enjoyed a romantic dinner on the beach, this was amazing and we had our own personal waiter to attend our every need.
Our special thanks to the staff, we loved it!!!!!

Room Tip: If you need anything, just ask, thats what we did!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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BrunoGaudio, General Manager at Sublime Samana, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Dear Chistine,

Greetings from Sublime Samana.

We are glad to know that you enjoyed your holidays with us. Thank you for your comments regarding your experiences at Sublime. I'm glad to know too that you enjoyed the "Super Bowl Night". (Sorry for you and your team :))

Please be assured that your nice comments will be forwarded to our staff.

We hope to see you again soon!!

Gran saludo!
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We had a fabulous two-night stay at Sublime last month (see my pictures)! Driving from Santo Domingo, the last 20 minutes were on a winding, paved road through the low mountains along the coast, with the most amazing views of the ocean- a great start to our vacation! We arrive to a quiet and elegant lobby & an efficient check-in. Our standard suite was spacious and beautiful. We strolled to the beach along the pool, passing little curtained platforms that guests could lounge on. The beach was very nice but got even better if you walked 20 minutes in either direction (where it panned out to a wider beach + fantastic views). The hotel had other guests at the time, but it never felt crowded... and was definitely VERY quiet. For us, it was perfect but if you are seeking lively entertainment and crowds, make sure you factor in transportation costs so you can go off hotel grounds. The free breakfast was really nice. A few negatives: there were a couple times in which the service was lacking in promptness and attention to detail (i.e. we ask for coffee to be brought to the room with the Moka pot we saw at breakfast, 30 minutes pass and no coffee, we call back and they bring it but without the Moka pot as requested... or the beach restaurant ending much of their menu earlier than scheduled, 1 hour before closing time). However, our problems were quickly solved by the manager Bruno. All in all, a relaxing and fantastic vacation... we will be back there soon!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places Ive seen in a long time.Everything is 5 star treatment.We had a 1 bedroom suite,it had separate bedroom with ensuite bathroom,kitchen with Bosch appliances,big terrace with furniture,and guest bathroom.The fridge is stocked with water,beer,and juice.Its replenished daily.The beach is gorgeous,and lounge chairs are always available.The beach bar will serve you wherever you are sitting.Breakfast is included,pancakes,great coffee,juice,eggs,bacon,etc.We both liked breakfast,but only ate one dinner at the beach restaurant.The rest of the week we ate in town,lots of good places to choose from.The dinner at the hotel was o.k., but this hotel should have great food,so I think thats the only thing that we didnt like.Staff are all very nice.Super clean,very peaceful.Pool was good too.All in all a great week!One more thing,we had a car to get around,but be prepared for craziness,motorscooters,and madness,once you get into the town,But we did it,so I guess anyone could

Room Tip: All rooms face the garden , ours was on the second floor
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BrunoGaudio, General Manager at Sublime Samana, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind opinion about our hotel.

We are really so happy that you have enjoyed your stay in our hotel and our beautiful beach.

We hope to welcome you once again in Sublime Samana.

Un gran saludo
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Property: Sublime Samana
Address: Bahia de Coson, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Las Terrenas
#1 Romantic Hotel in Las Terrenas
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
#2 Family Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sublime Samana 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the Northeast coast of the Dominican Republic lies the dramatic lush, green tropical jungle clad hills and fine-sand beaches of the Samana Peninsula. Tucked away in this unspoiled tropical paradise lies Sublime Samana, a modern yet elegant luxury resort and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.The seven-acre property centers around the expansive canal of pools stretching nearly 500 feet from end-to-end. Rooms have been artfully built to create a contemporary setting in harmony with nature. One- and two-bedroom suites feature a living room, master bedroom and bathroom, guest bathroom, spacious balcony, and kitchen with Viking appliances. Views from the room are of the canals of streaming pools that line the lush gardens. Even more opulent are the 2- and 3-bedroom villas that feature large bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living spaces, a Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art kitchen with top floor villas featuring a rooftop terrace and plunge pool. ... more   less 
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